What is T.O.R.C.H.?

TORCH stands for Technical Outreach Community Help. TORCH Programs are divided into 5 branches: STEM community training, informal engineering and science education, A Walk for Education, Technical Expertise Services, and traditional community service activities.


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The goal for A Walk For Education is to increase awareness of the opportunities available through education, particularly in STEM fields, and to shatter myths and preconceived notions that are perpetuated among minority youths in underprivileged areas.
 
Chapters (Collegiate, NSBE Jr., professional) in similar geographical areas are preferred to collaborate in this event together. This is encouraged this because a wider range of individuals will be reached.
 
During this event members from NSBE will go to an underprivileged area and walk door to door giving out information in pamphlets, brochures, and bags (try to get theses donated from your school or company if applicable) including information about college, financial aid, colleges, different organizations to join and general college life. After the distribution of this information there will be a central meeting area where each chapter will have a project from an engineering field (mechanical engineering project- catapult, chemical engineering project- making goo etc. the sky is the limit). Members will inform the residents of the community about the meeting area for projects as they are passing out information.
 
Please contact your Region 5 TORCH Chair, Nariana Sands for any questions, comments, or concerns at r5torch@nsbe.org.

Participating Chapters

Prarie View A&M University
Louisiana Tech University
University of Houston 

 
Women In STEM

 
Date: Month of February or early March
The goal of this program is to spark dialogue between professionals and the community; also to assist in creating a network from professionals and collegiate to seek guidance about transitioning to the Professional level.
 
This event can be in a gala setting (preferred) or it can be in a casual setting. The chapter is to reach out to the community and invite them to this event. During this event the chapter will recognize different women in the STEM field and their accomplishments. Round table discussion should occur about common obstacles for women and how to overcome or avoid them in the STEM field.
 
The chapter can use their creative abilities to make this event informative and enjoyable.
 
Please contact your Region 5 TORCH Chair, Nariana Sands for any questions, comments, or concerns at r5torch@nsbe.org.
 

Professional Development Day (Professional Chapters Only)

 
Dates: September 2015-November 2015; February 2016-April 2016
The goal of this program is to communicate to the community about professionalism in the workplace. This program will assist with resume building, interviewing, and aiding professional attire for the community and underprivileged individuals (typically individuals that do not have jobs and would like to get one).
 
The professional chapter will host different workshops through out the day including resume building, interview tips and/or mock interviews, and tips on professional attire etc.
Optional: Before the event there is the option to have a professional clothing wear drive. This is essentially to pass out during the event to the underprivileged individuals.
 
Please contact your Region 5 TORCH Chair, Aminah Adeyemi for any questions, comments, or concerns at r5torch@nsbe.org.
 
 

Events Calendar:

 
Fall Regional Conference TORCH Event

Donated clothes and tolitires to send to victims of the recent natural disaster in Haiti

 
A Walk For Education: October 24, 2015
 
We <3 College Series: September 2015-November 2015; February 2016-April 2016
 
Engineering the Future: September 2015-November 2015; February 2016-April 2016
 
Women in Stem: Month of February or early March
 
Professional Development Day (Prof. Chapters Only): Should occur at least once in the Fall and Spring